The Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) of New York has announced that they will be hoisting India’s National Flag at the Times Square this Independence Day for the very first time, with Consul General of India in New York, Randhir Jaiswal as the Guest of Honour this time.
The FIA represents over 500,000 strong and vibrant Asian-Indians who provide significant grass-root support for the community.”The Times Square flag hoisting ceremony is a testament to the Indian-American community’s growing patriotism and is a fitting tribute to the FIA which is celebrating its golden jubilee year,” the organization said.
The tri-color lighting ceremony of the Empire State building will be held just like every year. The India Day Parade hosted by the organization every year since 1981, in the heart of Manhattan, is canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
After New York Times Square went all saffron on 5th of August, on the account of the much-awaited Shri Ram Mandir Bhumi Poojan, hoisting the Indian flag for the first time in one of the most well-known cities of USA represents the growing strength of the relations between one of the two most power-packed nations of the world.